A new face on the sidelines, Rebecca Neuger begins her first season as the University of Minnesota Duluth women’s basketball assistant coach. She took over for Jenna Freudenberg, who grabbed the women’s assistant gig at the University of South Dakota.
Neuger spent this past season with the University of Wisconsin program overseeing day-to-day operations while helping with recruiting, travel and camps. Before enlisting her services at Wisconsin, Neuger worked as an assistant coach at the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor (Division III) in Belton, Texas for two seasons. The Cru went 18-9 in 2016-17, advancing to their fifth straight American Southwest Conference tournament. Mary Hardin-Baylor was the No. 2 seed in the conference tournament. The Cru were also the No. 2 West seed in 2015-16 when they went 15-11. During her tenure, Mary Hardin-Baylor landed 12 players on the ASC All-West Division team, including three first-team selections. Neuger also spent time as a graduate manager in 2014-15 for the Baylor’s men’s basketball team, that finished 24-10 and made a trip to the NCAA Tournament, and two years as an assistant girls’ basketball coach and track and field coach at Holy Family High School in Victoria, Minn., prior to that.
Neuger played collegiately at St. Olaf College in her hometown of Northfield, Minn. She was a four-time letterwinner in basketball, soccer and outdoor track for the Oles and also lettered twice in indoor trick. An academic All-American, Neuger earned a Bachelor’s degree in exercise science from St. Olaf College in 2011 and a Master’s degree in sports pedagogy from Baylor four years later.
Volunteer Assistant Coach
After a successful professional playing career that spanned across seven different countries, Allison Bouman has joined the Bulldog coaching staff on a volunteer basis during the 2018-19 season. Bouman will be lending her skill set and passing her knowledge onto the post players.
Before moving back to the United States, Bouman spent time coaching in Albury and Sydney, Australia where she worked at the Lauren Jackson camp and worked privately with college players.
In 2014, Bouman graduated from Davenport University with a Bachelor of Business Administration. She spent three years at Davenport after transferring from Wayne State University her freshman year. As a starter, the Panthers were National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics National Runner-Ups in 2012-13 and in the Fab Four (Final Four) in 2013-14. Bouman was named Wolverine-Hoosier Athletic Conference honorable mention with 12.0 points and 7.1 rebounds her senior season. She was also a two-time NAIA Scholar-Athlete and Academic All-WHAC member.
Bouman was a three-time all-conference player for the Squires and led Calvin Christian to a 55-17 record in her three seasons on the varsity squad. She set the school record for blocks and was named to the Associated Press All-State Honorable Mention team and Detroit Free Press Fourth-Team All-State as a senior where she averaged 14.2 points, 10.2 rebounds and 2.9 blocks per game.
Graduate Assistant Coach
Jessie Mathews in back for her second season as a graduate assistant coach for the 2018-19 season. Mathews will continue to broaden her bench skills under Pearson.
Mathews played five games under the direction of Pearson during the 2013-14 season for NCAA Division III affiliate Saint Mary’s University before transferring to UMD. Mathews spent the 2016-17 season with the Bulldogs and saw action in one game.
She graduated in 2017 with a B.S. degree in biology and is enrolled in UMD’s Master of Education program. Born and raised in Faribault, Minn., Mathews graduated in 2013 from Bethlehem Academy where she was a dual-sport athlete lettering in basketball and volleyball. She was named Faribault Daily News’ All-Area Girls Player of the Year in 2011-12 and left Bethlehem Academy ranked second in digs and eighth in kills.